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Dani1923

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JMBís First Christmas Gift to Timothy
« on: December 19, 2019, 09:13:35 PM »
Here is the link of a page I found talking about JMBís first Christmas gift to Jackís son Timothy in 1921, the novel Peter Pan, with an inscription on the inside of the book in JMBís hand!

http://sheepdogsoftware.co.uk/BookColl/Specif/BarrPeterTim/BarrPeterTim.htm

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Re: JMBís First Christmas Gift to Timothy
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2019, 09:18:17 PM »
In case you canít access the page through the link for some reason, hereís what the page says, not including the picture of JMBís inscription because I canít upload it here. :

Christmas, 1921, JM Barrie is casting about for a gift to Timothy, son of "one of the Peters", on child's first Christmas.

A new edition of Peter and Wendy has just come out in 1921, the one illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell. Problem solved: Barrie gives young Timothy a copy of the book his father helped create.


"Timothy- His Book No.1- from his loving godfather- J.M.B."

This inscription fills about a third (vertically) of the ffep, and is about 7cm high, top of "T" to bottom of "1921".

Note that "Fred Bloggs/ His Book" was quite a common way to indicate ownership of a book. Hence Barrie is being whimsical when he says "Timothy/ His No.1 book".

As with anything to do with Barrie, the story is complicated. He may or may not actually have been the child's godfather. There's no great mystery, it is just not something I can attest to... but I have heard that Barrie sometimes used the word loosely.

I spoke of Timothy as "son of one of the Peters". Timothy was Jack's son. And one of Jack's brothers bore the name Peter... but Barrie always said that Peter Pan was an amalgam created out of all five of the Lewellyn-Davies brothers.